Stranger in Us All

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Stranger in Us All
Studio album by Rainbow
Released August 21, 1995
Recorded Long View Farm Studios, Brookfield, Massachusetts,
Cove City Sound Studios, Long Island, New York,
Sound on Sound, Unique Studio and Soundtrack Studios, New York City,
1995
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 51:44
Label RCA/BMG
Producer Pat Regan & Ritchie Blackmore
Rainbow chronology
Bent Out of Shape
(1983)
Stranger in Us All
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Stranger in Us All is a 1995 album by the reformed hard rock band Rainbow. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore put together a new version of Rainbow with little-known musicians in 1994. It was originally intended to be his solo album, but due to the label BMG pressures, the record was billed as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.[1] This line-up only released the one album before Blackmore decided to pursue different musical styles and formed Blackmore's Night with his companion Candice Night. As such, this album marks Blackmore's final hard rock recordings (to date).

The album takes its name from a line in the song "Black Masquerade".

Released in the post-grunge mid '90s, Stranger in Us All achieved a modest success, particularly in Europe.

Much of the album featured in the live concert sets. Drummer John O'Reilly was replaced for the tour, by the returning Chuck Burgi. John Miceli joined the band for the US shows, from February to May 1997, plus one in Denmark.

A few songs off the album were played live by the band Over the Rainbow in 2008 and 2009, as the line-up featured Greg Smith and Paul Morris, who played in Rainbow in 1995. A live performance of the band was released on the DVD Black Masquerade in 2013.

The songs have been also performed occasionally by Doogie White, for example in 2004 with a band called White Noise. An official DVD recording of White Noise titled In the Hall of the Mountain King was released in 2005. The song "Ariel" was performed live by Blackmore's Night on their 2007 Paris Moon tour.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wolf to the Moon"   Ritchie Blackmore, Doogie White, Candice Night 4:16
2. "Cold Hearted Woman"   Blackmore, White 4:31
3. "Hunting Humans (Insatiable)"   Blackmore, White 5:45
4. "Stand and Fight"   Blackmore, White 5:22
5. "Ariel"   Blackmore, Night 5:39
6. "Too Late for Tears"   Blackmore, White, Pat Regan 4:50
7. "Black Masquerade"   Blackmore, Paul Morris, White, Night 5:35
8. "Silence"   Blackmore, White 4:04
9. "Hall of the Mountain King"   Edvard Grieg, lyrics by Night, arrangement by Blackmore 5:34
10. "Still I'm Sad" (The Yardbirds cover) Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty 5:22
Japanese edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Emotional Crime"   Blackmore, White, Regan 3:49

Personnel[edit]

Rainbow
Additional musicians
Production
  • Pat Regan - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Fran Flannery, Jesse Henderson, Ed Miller, Steve Moseley, John Reigart, David Shackney, Steve Sisco and Dug - assistant engineers
  • Vlado Meller - mastering at Sony Music Studios, New York

Charts[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1995 Finnish Albums Charts[2] 6
Swedish Albums Chart[3] 8
German Albums Chart[4] 36
Norwegian Albums Charts[5] 38
Swiss Albums Chart[6] 40
GfK Dutch Charts[7] 70
1998 Oricon Japanese Albums Charts[8] 7

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